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American Dreams
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A Soldier's Letters

Create a 60s Mural

Create an American Dreams Talk Show

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Create a 60s Mural

Overview: In this activity students will conduct Internet research on the 1960s and use what they have learned to create a mural.

Grade Level: Middle School & High School

  1. Tell the students that they are going to create a class mural that contains images, collages, words, pictures, quotations, comments, sketches, and drawings that evoke the mood and spirit of the 60s and the American Dreams program.

  2. Divide the class into small groups to conduct Internet research on the following topics:

    • Civil Rights
    • Vietnam
    • Music/American Bandstand
    • The Changing Role of Women
    • Popular Culture

  3. Provide students with the websites listed below to begin their research:

    Encourage the students to use the library, books, reference sources, magazines and newspapers to further enhance their research.

  4. As the class learns more about this decade, continue to make additions to the mural. Invite students in other classes, teachers, and school staff to add their comments, quotes, drawings, and ideas to the mural.

National Education Standards
Language Arts
Grades 6-8 Reading

Standard 5
Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process.

Level III
Reflects on what has been learned after reading and formulates ideas, opinions, and personal responses to texts.

Standard 7
Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process.

Level III
Uses new information to adjust and extend personal knowledge base.

Historical Understanding
Standard 2
Understands the historical perspective.

Level II
5. Understands that specific decisions and events had an impact on history

Level III
1. Understands that specific individuals and the values those individuals held had an impact on history

2. Analyzes the influence specific ideas and beliefs had on a period of history

Grades 9-12

Standard 7

Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts.

Level IV
1. Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of informational texts (e.g., textbooks, biographical sketches, letters, diaries, directions, procedures, magazines, essays, primary source historical documents, editorials, news stories, periodicals, catalogs, job-related materials, schedules, speeches, memoranda, public documents, maps)
6. Uses discussions with peers as a way of understanding information
10. Understands how the past affects our private lives and society in general

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